Short throws, long throws or something in between, Central High sophomore Trent Tompkins put the ball in the vicinity of his receivers Friday night and let them do the rest.
“It’s so easy playing with these guys,” said Tompkins, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 318 yards. “All you have to do is give them a chance, and they make a play. My line protects me, and I get it to them.”
Central (4-1) enters its bye week on a four-game winning streak that has seen it outscore opponents 195-39. Tompkins has thrown for 15 TDs in the past four games after the Grizzlies were shut down in a 24-3 season-opening loss to Bullard.
“We’re just playing so good,” Tompkins said. “We’re clicking, our practices are good, and we just feel good right now.”
Early on, Ridgeview shut down Central’s running offense, sacking Tompkins four times and holding the Grizzlies to minus-9 rushing yards in the first half.
But after a scoreless first quarter, Tompkins and his bevy of athletic teammates went to work. On third-and-11 on the second play of the second quarter, he floated a short screen pass to running back Diotry Brewer, who made two tacklers miss on a 47-yard trek to the end zone.
Tompkins struck for a third-down gain of 35 yards to Jacob Torrez on the next Central drive, hit Torrez for 30 more and then 15 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead to Jagade Bishop, who stiff-armed a defender all the way to the end zone.
Several big plays came as a result of Tompkins extending the play and throwing accurately on the run.
“When I’m on the run, I just always try to look up,” he said. “I know one of my guys is gonna pop open.”
A 5-yard fade route to Bishop resulted in a third touchdown just before halftime, and Tompkins added TD throws to Jevon Bigelow (twice) and Bishop for a third time in the second half.
“He’s a really good quarterback,” Ridgeview coach Dennis Manning said. “He’s got the athletes to make those catches and turn them into big plays, and he knows it.”
Central, since its Week 1 loss, has shown no mercy: 56-15 against Sunnyside, and then the Kern County sweep: 38-0 at Liberty and 59-17 vs. Frontier before a trip to Ridgeview, which has won the past two section Division II titles.
The Grizzlies, after a bye, open Tri-River Athletic Conference play Oct. 7 versus Buchanan.
Ridgeview, coming off its bye, has lost 3 of 4 to open the season – falling to top-10 teams Stockdale and Liberty-Bakersfield before rebounding last week to beat Frontier 41-20.
The No. 9 Broncos couldn’t get going against the Bearcats (5-0) and had their winning streak snapped at three games.
Paso Robles led 10-7 when Clovis North drove downfield as the second quarter wound down. With the ball at the Paso Robles 2 with under a minute to go and no timeouts, Nick Montelongo was stuffed a run on third down. Clovis North scrambled to get back to the line of scrimmage for fourth down as the seconds ticked away and got off the snap, but Paso Robles linebacker Nolan Binkele led a charge into the backfield for the stop.
With the Clovis North defense keying on running back Christian Erickson (13 carries, 50 yards). senior quarterback Steven Schouten was 13 of 15 for 186 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Quarterback Brent Bailey scored on an 8-yard keeper in the second quarter for Clovis North (3-2), which has a bye next week before opening TRAC play Oct. 7 against Clovis West.
The No. 13 Rangers continued their hot start, opening West Yosemite League play with a rout of the Tigers (0-5) to stay unbeaten after five games.
The No. 16 Bears wrapped up an undefeated run through their nonleague schedule with their second consecutive shutout.
Jordan Dominguez rushed for three touchdowns (7, 4 and 1 yards), Jason Nicacio returned an interception for a score and quarterback Junior Ramirez hooked up with Joel Aranda for a 45-yard touchdown.
Selma (5-0), which was coming off a game called at halftime because of a shooting near its stadium last week, has a bye next week before opening Central Sequoia League play Oct. 7 against Central Valley Christian.
Roosevelt (0-5) was held to 93 yards of offense heading into its bye week, before opening its NYL schedule Oct. 7 against Sunnyside.
For the better part of four quarters, the No. 17 Wildcats (3-2) chased the host Panthers (3-2) up and down the field at Memorial Stadium.
Dashawn Holliman rushed for 132 yards on 29 carries, and senior quarterback Michael Alvarez added three scores on 107 yards rushing – his third coming on a 2-yard keeper for a 35-13 lead with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.
But Sunnyside never quit, clawing back for a win that finally was clinched on Jose Ortiz’s 36-yard field goal as time expired.
With no timeouts remaining, Wildcats quarterback Nate Hughes spiked the ball with 2 seconds remaining.
Ortiz’s kick then sailed through the uprights.
“To be honest,” Ortiz said, “I wasn’t even set yet.”
Hughes started the comeback with a 60-yard touchdown strike to Bruean Heights. The defense followed by holding Memorial to three straight three-and-outs. Running back Marcus Hawkins narrowed the gap with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
“It was the perfect midterm for our team,” Sunnyside coach Gordon Wood said. “I’m really proud of these kids because they’ve grown up a lot, tonight they took another step and never gave up.”
The Wildcats, winners of three in a row, have a bye week before beginning North Yosemite League play on Oct. 6 versus Roosevelt.
Lee Major rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns as the 18th-ranked Warriors beat the Stallions at McLane Stadium.
Major scored all of his touchdowns in the first half on runs of 19, 21 and 32 yards to help Fresno (3-1) build a 24-6 lead at the break. He also had a 47-yard catch and an fumble recovery of 31 yards.
Khory Day added 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries for the Warriors.
Jonah Johnson completed 17 of 35 passes for 280 yards for the Stallions (2-3), including a 52-yard scoring strike to Mathew Manoz.
Manoz finished with six catches for 91 yards.
Madera South’s Maurice McClain had eight carries for 106 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown.
The No. 19 Tribe (3-1) dropped the hammer on the visiting Falcons (1-4) by scoring the final 54 points.
Nathan Lamb hit on 17 of 20 passes with threw three touchdowns – 17, 30 and 25 yards to Emoryie Allen – and ran 2 yards for score and Kazmir Allen also scored four touchdowns on runs of 7, 51, 2 and 1 yards for Tulare.
Allen finished with 141 yards on 19 carries and Edwards had 185 receiving yards on eight catches.
The No. 20 Redskins (4-0) held their visiting north Valley rivals to 111 total yards and had six players score.
The Broncos (2-2) kept it scoreless through the first quarter. Ronnie Reyes started Chowchilla’s 28-point second quarter and was the leading rusher with nine carries for 94 yards.
The Timberwolves trailed 42-0 at halftime as the host Cougars rolled to their fifth straight victory.
Clovis East (0-5) opens TRAC play Oct. 7 at Clovis.
Tyler Villines and Tyler Vanderlinden took over the game late to lift the host Eagles (4-1) past the Knights from San Francisco in an eight-man game.
Fresno Christian scored the final three touchdowns. Villines ran 25 yards for a score to put the Eagles ahead, then passed 46 yards to Vanderlinden for a TD. Vanderlinden capped the scoring with a 65-yard interception return.
Villines finished 9 of 13 passing for 174 yards and two TDs. Slater Wade led the Eagles’ rushing attack with 14 carries for 94 yards and a TD.
The teams combined for three interception returns for touchdowns – two by Dominic Mendez in the fourth quarter that lifted the Panthers (2-3) over the Patriots (0-4) in Easton.
Damien Nolan had Hoover’s interception return, and Tajh Hart had an interception that set up the Patriots’ go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter before Mendez’s heroics.
Each team had three interceptions.
Sean Chambers passed for four touchdowns, three to Mason Layton, and capped the scoring with a 99-yard run as the host Lions (3-2) routed the Highlanders (0-4).
Chris Acosta added two scores and 113 yards rushing.
Julian Kelley and Ricardo Arias combined for McLane’s points on a second-quarter touchdown pass and two-point conversion.
The Vikings won their third game in a row, getting little resistance from the Pirates (0-4) in Kingsburg’s homecoming game.
Anthony Flores rushed for two touchdowns, Jadon Barros and Caleb Buendia each ran in a score and Tyler Hodges caught a touchdown pass from Anthony Sierra for the Vikings (3-1).
The Eagles ran their record to 4-0 with their victory against the Blue Raiders.
After giving up 61 combined points in its first two victories, Firebaugh has allowed just 13 in its past two wins.
Cameron Brady accounted for three touchdowns and Shane Maldonado rushed for 195 and two touchdowns as the Chieftains (3-1) routed the Panthers (0-3).
Brady caught scoring passes of 15 and 42 yards from Tristan Wilson for a 14-0 lead and added a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Bobby Ray Sanchez caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from James Rodriguez for Parlier.
Jose Mendoza kicked a 30-yard field with 1:54 left to push the Pioneers (2-3, 1-0) past the Miners (2-3, 0-1) in a WYL opener at Groppetti Community Stadium in Visalia.
Mt. Whitney led 22-7 and 29-14 before El Diamante rallied to tie early in the fourth quarter on Mitchell Boswell’s third touchdown of the game followed by a 2-point conversion pass to Drake Beno.
Bryant Wade’s interception for the Pioneers sealed the win.
Michael Ynclan threw three touchdown passes for Mt. Whitney.
The Bullpups (3-2, 1-0 WYL) won the Dog Bowl for the third straight year in the first shutout in the series with the rival Huskies (3-2, 0-1).
Jordan Perryman scored two touchdowns for Hanford, which leads the series 11-4.
The visiting Trailblazers (4-0) will head into WYL play undefeated after overcoming the Monarchs (3-2).
Golden West led 29-22 at halftime and pulled away with three third-quarter interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.
The Trailblazers are averaging nearly 47 points per game.
Gustavo Villarreal threw two touchdown passes and Joseph Saldivar-Mangana returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the first half as the Emperors took a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a blowout victory.
Alek Marroquin rushed for two touchdowns and 60 yards in the first half for Dinuba (3-1). Porterville fell to 1-3 heading into a date next week with No. 5 Buchanan, which was idle this week.
Senior Josh Youngblood tossed the third of his five touchdown passes with 3:29 left in the second quarter and Carson Widhalm’s 15-yard interception return capped a 28-point first half as the Titans (2-3) won for the first time since Week 1 while handing the visiting Hawks (1-4) a third straight loss.
Youngblood – who had thrown for 198 yards by halftime – added a fourth TD pass in the third quarter to make it 35-0 in favor of Frontier, blown out the three previous weeks by Paso Robles (51-33), Ridgeview (41-20) and Central (59-17). His fifth touchdown came with 9:50 remaining in the game.
Ethan Duran had touchdown runs of 52 and 49 yards as the Cardinals (3-2) blew out to a 27-6 lead with 9:56 to play, then held off a furious rally by the Redcats (1-4), who have lost four straight.
Fowler scored its final touchdown, on a a 14-yard pass from Julian Sweidy to Vic Jimenez, with 1:14 to play and Lindsay then ran out the clock after recovering an onside kick. Duran ran for 139 yards on 13 carries; Jimenez had 122 yards receiving on eight catches.
Jonathen Gurrola’s 20-yard touchdown run brought the visiting Eagles within one possession of the host Crusaders midway through the fourth quarter but Modesto Christian answered with a pair late fourth-quarter touchdowns to hand Immanuel (1-3) its third loss in a row.
Modesto Christian has won two straight after opening with three straight losses.
The visiting Cavaliers (2-3) led 9-0 and 16-14 before the Titans (4-0) made their push in Delano.
Chavez scored late in the first half to take the lead, then converted a big return of the second-half kickoff into a game-icing touchdown.
Gavin Salierno and Connor Paden scored for CVC.
Robby Stevenson connected with Henry Hagen on a 74-yard touchdown to get the Tigers (3-1) rolling to a victory over the visiting Cardinals (2-2).
The roundup is compiled from reports by Bee staff writers Bryant-Jon Anteola and Angel Moreno, local schools and contributions from the Bakersfield Californian and San Luis Obispo Tribune. Coaches: to include your results, email email@example.com.
How The Bee’s Top 20 fared
1. Clovis d. Centennial 58-17
2. Central d. No. 10 Ridgeview 42-7
3. Bakersfield l. to Valencia 48-9
4. Liberty-Bakersfield l. to Cathedral Catholic-San Diego 49-7
5. Buchanan, idle
6. Bullard l. to No. 7 Clovis West 31-27
7. Clovis West d. No. 6 Bullard 31-27
8. Stockdale d. West 45-14
9. Clovis North l. to Paso Robles 24-7
10. Ridgeview l. to No. 2 Central 42-7
11. Sanger, idle
12. Edison, idle
13. Redwood d. Lemoore 31-14
14. Tulare Western l. to South 42-25
15. Garces, idle
16. Selma d. Roosevelt 35-0
17. Sunnyside d. Memorial 36-35
18. Fresno d. Madera South 40-20
19. Tulare d. Independence 54-7
20. Chowchilla d. Dos Palos 42-0